Rory McIlroy, Once the Future of Golf, Struggles With His Fame

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Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 01:05 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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At one time Rory McIlroy was viewed as the future face of golf, but after failing to win a tournament so far in 2013 some believe he is struggling with the price of fame.

McIlroy, buoyed by a reported 10-year, $250 million equipment deal from Nike and a supposedly blissful high-profile relationship with highly-ranked tennis start Caroline Wozniacki, seemed ready to capitalize on his successful 2012 season, according to Reuters.

McIlroy, though, has struggled to win most of the season, even missing the cut the British Open. His play has dropped him from the world golf rankings from No. 1ranking to No. 6.

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"Mechanically my golf swing... I fell into a couple of bad habits and I was trying to work myself out of it," McIlroy said at a news conference in Seoul this week ahead of the Korea Open, reported Reuters. "Golf is a game of confidence and if you are confident it allows you to play better and freer; with a free mind. (It is) definitely nothing to do with equipment."

His relationship with Wozniacki has made more headlines than his golfing lately. Wozniacki told a Danish newspaper that she was still together with the golfer, contradicting reports that they had broken up, according to USA Today on Monday.

USA Today translated a story from the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet as Wozniacki expressed her frustration on the speculation around her relationship with McIlroy.

"I’m so tired of the rumors," Wozniacki said to Ekstra Bladet, based on the USA Today translation. "They occur every time Rory and I are apart a few days or do not write on Twitter. There is nothing in it, and from now on I just think that I will keep my private life private. . . . All is well (with the relationship), and then there’s not much more to say about it. I just want to be allowed to live my life off the court without all the speculation."

McIlroy declined to go that far in news conference this week, brushing back questions about the Wozniacki and the relationship in general.

"My private life is private and I would like to keep it that way," he told reporters, according to Reuters.

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The golfer is also in a court battle with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management, which he ended his business relationship with last month, Reuters said. The news agency wrote that McIlroy was upset with Horizon's services.

Related story:

Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy Split Over Embarrassing Twitter Photo

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